“I told you at that time that there were white folks and black folks when I was growing up,” Johnson could be heard saying in a YouTube video of the meeting. “There was white trash, my family and there was ‘(racial slur)-town.’”
The comments sparked outrage online and at Tuesday night’s meeting.
A woman addressed Griffin Commission Chairman Douglas Hollberg.
“By not shutting Mr. Johnson down the first time he uttered a racial slur, Mr. Hollberg, you appeared to support Mr. Johnson's ideas,” she said.
Still, Mike Laster, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, spoke out against the decision to rescind the proclamation, Channel 2 reported.
“It's observing a Memorial Day,” Lester said. “Men died 150 years ago.”